Josh Lavender
Indianapolis, IN
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Josh L.

Indianapolis, IN
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach singers of all genres (country, classical, pop, bluegrass, rock…) to sing with confidence and freedom!

I teach an open throat technique (appoggio) that allows the singer to sing with freedom, and access their entire range evenly. I also work with students to develop style, interpretation, languages, and acting ability.

About Josh L.

I am a professional singer, pianist, songwriter, and recording artist. I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelors of Music, specifically voice.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 16 years, and contemporary keyboard for 7 of those. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

As a professional recording artist I frequently take trips to Nashville for co-writing, recording, and meeting with record labels. I have written with well-known writers like Mia Fieldes from Hillsong, Tony Wood from Provident Label Group, Stu G from Delirious?, and Jon Steingard from Hawk Nelson. I love to mentor students who want to become effective, dynamic songwriters.

My personal passion is contemporary music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!


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42 Reviews
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Makes you feel very comfortable! Very good and has great energy.

Posted Nov 3, 2020
Cedar S.
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Josh is great! He was able to find my voice and is helping improve in a way I never thought possible.

Posted Oct 6, 2020
Donovan B.
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Easily the best voice teacher I’ve had, works amazing with anyone of any age, and could answer any voice question given. A quality voice teacher for anyone, in all experience levels.

Posted Aug 20, 2020
Ruby D.
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Josh was fabulous! Really talked to both my eight and 10-year-old about their goals and broke things down in a way that was exciting and gave them mastery over what they learned today. Very excited to continue

Posted Mar 9, 2020
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Extremely friendly, understanding and explains everything so anybody could understand. I highly recommend Josh to anybody who wishes to learn how to sing.

Posted Jul 20, 2019
David P.
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great lesson. Excellent instructor

Posted Apr 12, 2018
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Josh is awesome. Great guy and amazing teacher!

Posted Jan 31, 2018
Hadley S.
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Josh was amazing! My daughter was nervous and he found a way to connect with her and help her feel comfortable using her voice

Posted Oct 25, 2017
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Posted Aug 15, 2017
Morgan M.
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First lesson for my 15 year old daughter went great! Josh is talented, helpful, professional, and kind.

Posted Jul 11, 2017
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Posted May 1, 2017
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Very good with kids! Great first lesson for my daughter.

Posted Apr 10, 2017
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It was a great lesson. Learning a lot to better my vocals.

Posted Mar 8, 2017
Jill Ramos
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Absolutely fantastic educator. Josh positively and energetically instructs each and every lesson. His musical knowledge base, as well as sheer talent, is impressive, and he readily shares this with his students. My 12-year old daughter has greatly improved from his piano tutelage in the last 18 months. I would recommend Josh Lavendar to everyone of all ages.

Posted Dec 22, 2016
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Josh is a fantastic teacher. I learned so much from him and I highly recommend him as a teacher. He is positive and very knowledgeable.

Posted Dec 22, 2016
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He does a great job at making me feel comfortable enough to be confident but not so comfortable that I don't challenge myself and progress. Great teacher! I highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn how to sing well.

Posted Dec 21, 2016
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Best ever!

Posted Oct 25, 2016
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Josh made the lesson fun. Even after one day I could feel a difference in my singing.

Posted Sep 13, 2016
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Posted Sep 6, 2016
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Had fun at my first lesson.

Posted Jun 29, 2016
Kristy Y.
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Had good experience at first lesson.

Posted Jun 29, 2016
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Not too impressed by the first lesson. Expect better in the future classes.

Posted Jun 29, 2016
Kc C.
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Within 5 minutes of my first lesson, I immediately felt confident in my decision to take vocal lessons! I could go on in great detail, but I'd rather go PRACTICE! In all seriousness, Josh is simultaneously enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and encouraging. I greatly look forward to my next lesson!

Posted Jun 7, 2016
Jennifer S.
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Really fun!

Posted May 9, 2016
Cortnie G.
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Talented and insightful teacher!

Posted May 3, 2016
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Josh is enthusiastic, knowledgable, and fun. He helped Annie be at ease right away. We are looking forward to more lessons.

Posted Jan 19, 2016
Anna B.
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Anna loved it! She can't wait for her next class!

Posted Jan 19, 2016
Jerry Lee
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It was my first lesson with Josh. Josh was very accommodating, knowledgeable and very approachable. Very pleasant experience and I am looking forward to getting more lessons from him.

Posted Nov 30, 2015
Linda G.
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Great teacher. Makes it so much fun!!

Posted Nov 29, 2015
Sebastian K.
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Great teacher.

Posted Oct 13, 2015
Samantha R.
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I think Josh is a great instructor. He is knowledgeable and positive and is very enthusiastic about music. I am enjoying my piano lessons a great deal.

Posted Sep 29, 2015
Linda G.
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Love it!!!! Josh is great!!!

Posted Sep 21, 2015
Jill Ramos
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Josh's personality and approach make my daughter's piano lessons fun and interesting. He is great!

Posted Aug 31, 2015
Oliver D.
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I am currently taking online Piano lessons from Josh.
(With the emphasis being on Christian music)

So far it has been a great experience. Josh is a super cool guy and has very calm, easy-going, and joyful personality. All these things combined make for a pleasant environment.

I have not taken any piano lessons before Josh (I was very much at the beginner level when I started my lesson). Josh did a great job of easing me into the piano without overwhelming me with information and/or techniques.

With his background, I feel like Josh is over-qualified to teach the piano - especially to beginners like myself, but he did a great job of teaching the basics and moving to more advanced techniques based on my skill level and the way I was progressing.

He also did a great job of challenging me to take my piano lessons to the next level without overwhelming me. He has definitely helped out tremendously in helping me learn the piano thus far and highly recommend him as a teacher.

He has a great structure to the course but also leaves room for the student to give input on things that they may want to learn, such as: songs, techniques, etc.

Additionally, he has done a great job of making the piano make sense. For example, sometimes I can get lost with all the different ways to play a chord, but he helped explain it in simple terms that makes sense.

I have learned so much from Josh in such a short amount of time and like I said, I highly recommend you take him as your teacher.. Great Teacher!

Posted Jan 24, 2015
Adam F.
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Josh is a student of his craft. He works hard to be the best and is great at teaching others to be excellent as well. He has a very creative approach to teaching and understands a lot of different styles. I have taken years worth of lessons and as an improv type artist myself, Josh has helped teach me a number of elements that were outside my knowledge base. Solid guy and a solid instructor.

Posted Aug 20, 2014
Andy L.
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Mr. Josh L. was incredibly helpful in my development as a vocalist. His demeanor was perfect in instructing me during our sessions by being very picky in technique but never intimidating. It was refreshing to take lessons from someone who is able to teach from experience and not just from some backyard choir.

Posted Aug 15, 2014
Andrew S.
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Josh has literally transformed my musical life. From his firsthand knowledge and experience in the musical community to his passion and joy in sharing the gift of music with everyone, Josh can help you grow by leaps and bounds in your musical arena. If you are looking for someone who has a genuine heart and kind demeanor to educate any level of vocal skill, look no further!

Posted Aug 13, 2014
Jordan E.
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I've never met anyone more passionate about singing or about teaching others how to properly sing. Mr. Josh himself is an up-and-coming vocalist, and I'm honored that he's taken so much time to invest in myself and others!

Mr. Josh has done a fantastic job of making me feel confident as a vocalist, while simultaneously giving me consistent advice on how to improve my voice. I never leave disappointed with myself, but instead always leave feeling like I've made lots of progress!

Posted Aug 11, 2014
Pam V.
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Josh is very up beat and encouraging. He try's different ways of learning. He's a great teacher.

Posted Jul 30, 2014
Elaine S.
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Josh is a fantastic all-round will love him! He can sing and teach technical music but can also sing and teach contemporary pieces. That's a great mix and one that I think you will find useful! Josh is very personable and easy to communicate with. If you are a beginner or an advanced student, I believe you will find what you are looking for with Josh Lavender!! You won't be sorry!!

Posted Jun 24, 2014
Sam K.
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Josh is a great teacher with an obvious passion for music! He is easy going, energetic, and fun in his lessons. He is knowledgeable and has a lot of experience in writing original music and performing in many venues. He has great aural skills and can help with developing the ability to harmonize and sight sing. I highly recommend him to any aspiring musician of any age!

Posted Jun 11, 2014
Benjamin K.
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Josh is an incredible artist and a fantastic teacher. He teaches his student to sing with freedom, which brings out their own personal style. He is especially good at teaching harmony and ear training. Josh Rocks!

Posted Jun 1, 2014

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Piano/Vocal teacher
Jun 2014 - Sep 2014

School of Rock

I was a piano and voice teacher at the School of Rock in Carmel Indiana.


Master of Worship Studies
Jun 2015 - Present

Institute of Worship Studies

Music Performance
Sep 2009 - Apr 2012

Indiana Wesleyan University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Mar 2010

Red Cross


Songwriting Competition
Jun 2012

The Wesleyan Church


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Sep 2011
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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